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Bernhard Dieterich Ludewig (Bach's Pupil)

Born: November 7, 1707 - Thonhausen, near Ronneburg, about 50 km south of Leipzig, Thuringia, Germany
Died: Februaty 27, 1740 - Schmölln, Thuringia, Germany

Bernhard Dieterich Ludewig was a German organist. He attended the Gymnasium in Altenburg, and in 1731 enrolled at the University of Leipzig, where he studied theology. He was one of J.S. Bach's pupils from 1731 to 1737. He also acted as tutor to J.S. Bach's young children. J.S. Bach provided testimonials for him on March 4, 1737 and in October 1737, in which he refErred to Ludewig's capabilities in singing well and playing various instruments and to his participation in the activities of J.S. Bach's Collegium musicum in 1731-1738, and was one of his copyists 1735-1736.

B.D. Ludewig was unsuccesful in his applications for posts at Löbau and Zörbig, but on March 31, 1738 he was appointed town organist at Schmölln, not far from his native village. He died two years later, at the age of 32. He was succeeded in this post by another J.S. Bach's pupil, Gottlieb Daniel Naumann.

 

Source: :Oxford Composer Companions J.S. Bach (Editor: Malcolm Boyd, OUP, 1999); fine-print footnotes in the Bach-Dokumente
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